ELEAGUE 2018 – Linking with Twitch

Join us this Friday for the Preliminary Stage of the ELEAGUE Boston 2018 Major Championship! Watch live as eight Challengers advance to the Major Championship Group Stage.

Starting this weekend and throughout the Major, viewers will have a chance to receive Souvenir Packages as they watch live matches. Each souvenir features a weapon from the collection of the map being played, golden stickers of the event and teams that were playing, and a golden signature of the MVP from the round where the souvenir dropped.

To be eligible for a souvenir package, all you have to do is watch live streams of the event! If you’re watching GOTV or in the main menu, you’ll automatically be eligible for souvenirs. If you’re watching the stream on Twitch, make sure you link your Steam and Twitch accounts to be eligible.

There’s still time to set your picks for the Preliminary Stage, so don’t miss your chance to pick up some points toward a Pick’Em trophy!

ELEAGUE 2018 – Tournament Items


The Boston ELEAGUE Major is just weeks away. On January 12th, watch as the top teams in CS:GO battle for the title of CS:GO Major Champion!

You don’t have to wait to start supporting your favorite teams and players. Team stickers, player autographs, and team graffiti are all available for purchase in-game or from the Steam Community Market, with 50% of the proceeds going to players and organizations.

Team Pick’Em Challenge

You can use Team Stickers as game pieces in the Boston 2018 Team Pick’Em Challenge. For the first time you can make picks for the Preliminary Stage, predicting the teams that will advance to the Group Stage, as well as the most (and least) successful teams.

You can make your second set of predictions before the Group Stage begins on January 19th. Then, put together your bracket and make your Playoffs picks before January 26, predicting the Quarterfinal, Semifinal, and Grand Final winners. Follow the tournament and see how well your predictions turned out as you earn points toward an Boston 2018 Team Pick’Em Trophy.

Get in the spirit! Make your picks and show off your favorite teams, the next CS:GO Major is just around the corner.

CS:GO Merchandise – Core Collection


We’ve refreshed our merchandise line with new t-shirts, drinkware, hats, a packable jacket and backpack, and a CS:GO-themed ZOWIE mouse. Browse the new Core Collection at the Valve store, and let us know what you think!

The Best of Hydra

Today, we’re launching a new and improved method for matchmaking players who are likely to have a good experience playing together. For more details click here.

Today also marks the end of Operation Hydra. As the operation comes to a close, we’re making several changes to CS:GO:

Wingman

Wingman was the most popular Operation Hydra Event, and will remain available for players with a few changes. Wingman matchmaking will feature community favorite Wingman maps from Operation Hydra, and players will now be able to select individual maps instead of having one randomly selected. Additionally, players will now have a Wingman skill group that will be used exclusively when matchmaking in Wingman.

War Games

With the War Games format, players were able to select their desired game mode and could select a new experience after a few rounds. We’re keeping the War Games format, and folding in some of CS:GO’s alternative game modes into that category. In the War Games tab, players will be able to select Arms Race, Demolition, or the most popular War Game of Operation Hydra, Flying Scoutsman!

Competitive Map Pool

Today we’re adding Agency to the Competitive map pool, and making some additional adjustments.

The Competitive Matchmaking map pool previously contained every map in CS:GO, making it difficult for new or recently updated maps to stand out among the crowd of available options and generating poor matches as a result. To address these problems, the least-played maps will no longer be featured in official Competitive Matchmaking. Over time, promising new or updated maps will enter the map pool, and less played maps will continue to be removed.

Casual Map Groups

To give players’ favorite maps a better chance of winning the vote, maps in the Casual game mode have been redistributed into new groups based on overall playtime. Some of the least-played maps have been removed from the pool, and some new maps have been added: Austria, Shipped, Agency, and Insertion. As with the Competitive Matchmaking map pool, the Casual map pool and map groups will be updated over time.

The Dust has Settled

Thanks for all the feedback! The new Dust II is now live!

The quintessential CS:GO map, Dust II has been a classic since its original release. The map captures the essence of CS and in this new release we wanted to honor its pure form while buffing away the jagged edges. Click the image below to find out what’s new.

We will continue to update the map as more feedback comes in.